Restaurants in Memphis, TN

Memphis sees a lot of action. Pilgrims come to wail the blues or to hobnob with high-cotton society, and they come to honor Elvis Presley. The culinary scene boasts a remarkable range of good restaurants fine and funky (and some that are both). Barbecue is the banner meal, pork, of course — on the rib, chopped to smithereens, or pulled from the slow-cooked shoulder in bite-size shreds. In this city, you will find such beguiling curiosities as barbecue pizza, barbecue salad, and barbecue spaghetti; but the primary things to eat are ribs—wet or dry—and the Memphis specialty known as a pig sandwich. Two long-time favorites are Charlie Vergos Rendezvous, which is a beer-hall party that features intense dry-rub ribs, and Cozy Corner, where Cornish hens, ribs, and pork shoulder might be the best smoke-cooked meats in town. Beyond BBQ, consider such eating gems as The Arcade (since 1919) for biscuits and country ham and the Little Tea Shop (1918) for pot likker and plate lunch.

Memphis’s Most Famous Dishes

Tall, gnarled-top light gold biscuit

Biscuits

A basket of six hot donuts: plain, powdered sugar, cinnamon

Donuts

Burger on a tender bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, and mayo ... car hop service

Grilled Hamburger

Cafeteria tray holds a square meal of BBQ chicken, mac & cheese, collards, cornbread, sweet tea, and banana pudding

Dinner Platters

Memphis’s Best Restaurants

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